Preparations are set for the 64th running of Key Biscayne’s Fourth of July parade, but don’t expect any relief from sweltering temperatures that have settled in over the Miami area, where heat index records have been shattered for several days.
The official National Weather Service forecast for the start of the parade at 11:00 a.m calls for 87 degrees. But the heat index, or “feels like ” temperature will hit a scorching 100 degrees. There is a 40% chance of rain. Cloud cover is forecast for 57%.
The heat index is forecast to peak tomorrow at 105, and the record at Miami International Airport is 106. Will it set another record?
“I’m sure it will be close,” said Brian McNoldy, a meteorologist at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science on Virginia Key.
Officials are recommending that parade goers find shade and stay well-hydrated.
The parade will happen rain or shine, organizers said.
Later on, for the 9:00 p.m. firework display on the beach, the heat index will drop to still-uncomfortable 96 degrees, with about the same chance for rain and cloud cover, the Weather Service said.